#110 Gattaca, 22 Years Later

10.24.2019 - By DNA Today: A Genetics Podcast

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It’s been 22 years since THE genetic thriller was released…. Gattaca. How has the film aged with genetic technology, society, ethics, and more? Find out in this episode!

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the film, refresh yourself with the plot summary below.
Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically inferior "in-valid." He decides to fight his fate by purchasing the genes of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), a laboratory-engineered "valid." He assumes Jerome's DNA identity and joins the Gattaca space program, where he falls in love with Irene (Uma Thurman). An investigation into the death of a Gattaca officer (Gore Vidal) complicates Vincent's plans.

On This Episode We Discuss Ethical Questions Like...
How has our understanding and appreciation of the film changed throughout our careers?
Do you think the way Vincent exfoliates and environment would stand up to our current technology?
How accurate did the film predict fertility technologies like PDG?
What is the true goal of genetic perfection? What is the cost?
What types of polygenic risk scores are being offered today?
How well can laws really prevent genetic discrimination?
How much can you protect your own genetic information?
How accurate is the film in regard to the society effects of the “haves” and “have nots”?
What was the alternative ending of Gattaca? What does it warn society?

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